Provides the necessary background principles, concepts, and laboratory experience to enter the field of power engineering or assume a position in the building or small plant operation and maintenance areas. For students interested in becoming an operating engineer, boiler operator, building engineer, refrigeration and air conditioning engineer in generating plants, pumping stations, steam plants, heating plants, water treatment facilities, industrial refrigeration plants and commercial and industrial buildings.
- Solve basic math and science problems found within power building engineering.
- Demonstrate technical communication ability including reading and interpreting reports, diagrams, and manufacturer specifications and writing work orders, logs, etc.
- Apply safe workplace procedures including use of safety equipment in laboratory and field conditions.
- Maintain electrical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.
- Maintain mechanical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.
- Maintain and sustain building envelopes and structural elements of buildings utilizing the concepts of operational maintenance, upgrading, green building feature implementation, energy efficiency, energy management, and commissioning/retro-commissioning.
- Maintain HVAC equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
- Maintain automated building control systems.
- Create work plans to complete building exterior and landscape maintenance.
- Create work plans to complete building interior and custodial maintenance.
- Maintain boilers, auxiliary equipment, and other steam generation equipment.
- Maintain combustion equipment including equipment associated with ash handling, fans and draft control, and pollution control.
- Maintain water handling and water treatment equipment.
Students may earn the Energy Technology — Boiler License Review Basic Certificate and the Energy Technology — Power/Building Engineer Advanced Certificate through the course of this degree, which may present career opportunities for students while completing the associate degree.
See General Education Requirements for details.